Marion Pinckney, Jr., 87, departed this life on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on December 3, 1925, he was the son of the late Marion Pinckney, Sr. and Elizabeth Singleton Pinckney. He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County at the Old High Hills School.
At an early age Mr. Pinckney accepted Christ and joined Wayman Chapel AME Church. He loved his church and attended faithfully throughout his lifetime. He supported his church both financially and spiritually.
Mr. Pinckney was united in Holy Matrimony on April 25, 1948 to Alice Brown. To this union five children were born.
Mr. Pinckney enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1948. He was employed at Shaw Air Force Base, until he retired. He was a great farmer and enjoyed the outdoor life. He enjoyed playing bingo as well as working there. He was a man of very few words, however at times, he enjoyed joking around.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his special friend, Margaret Thompson of Rembert; four daughters, Dorothy Baker of Columbia, Virginia (Rev. Stanley) Williams of St. Louis, MO, Louise Rivera of North Brunswick, NJ, Debra (Jerry) Walton of Lithonia, GA; a step daughter, Valarie Brooks of VA; two sons, Robert Pinckney of Brooklyn, NY and Tyron Thompson of Rembert; one brother, Willie (Rometta) Pinckney of Hartford, CT; two sisters, Susie Taylor of Concord, NC and Bernice Williams of Sumter; twenty grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Marvin Pinckney; four brothers, James, Charles, Johnny Lee and McKinley Pinckney.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Monday, January 28, 2013 from the Wayman Chapel AME Church, 160 North Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Laddie N. Howard, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Charlie S. Howard and Rev. Stanley Williams.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter Dorothy Baker, 1945 North St. Paul Church Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of his daughter at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be granddaughters and nieces.
Pall bearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Burial will be in the Wayman Chapel AME Church Yard Cemetery, Sumter.